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Bright Moments: Blind Date

Friday, April 27, 2012

In our next installment of Soundcheck's "Blind Date" series, we’ve set you, the listener, up on a radio date. Your match this week is Bright Moments – a band of Brooklynites who’ve logged countless hours as sidemen for Beirut, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem and more. Now, they’re stepping into the spotlight, with a debut full length of melodic pop songs. They’ll join us for a Soundcheck Blind Date, and attempt to win over your hearts—and ears.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Brooklyn Museum Director Duncan Cameron, 1972

Thursday, April 26, 2012

WNYC

Views on Art host Ruth Bowman discusses the Brooklyn Museum with its newly hired director, Duncan Cameron. Cameron served as director from 1971 to 1974.

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Features

New Music Venue to Open in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A 100-year-old brick sawdust factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is being reborn as a 13,000-square-foot music venue and studio. The new rehearsal, recording and performance space, located at North 6th St. and Wythe Ave, will open in late 2013 and will be run by a non-profit group called Original Music Workshop.

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New Jersey News

Nets Fall in Final NJ Home Game

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Philadelphia 76ers spoiled the Nets' final game in New Jersey with a 105-87 victory Monday night. For New Jersey fans it was a bittersweet game. In the fall, the NJ Nets will be re-billed the Brooklyn Nets and play in the yet to be completed Barclays Center.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ed Towns Steps Down

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Errol Louis, host of "Inside City Hall" on NY1, discusses the legacy of Edolphos Towns, who announced he will not be running for his 16th term, and the generation shift in Brooklyn politics.

Video Below: Watch Recent Video of Ed Towns Floor Speech on Poverty

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WNYC News

Niche Market | Trophies

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New York is a city of specialists from foodies to academics, laborers to shopkeepers. Every Wednesday, Niche Market will take a peek inside a different specialty store and showcase the city's purists who have made an art out of selling one commodity. Slideshow below.

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Features

100,000-Square Foot Hydroponic Farm Planned for Brooklyn Rooftop

Friday, April 06, 2012

Soon Brooklyn residents will be able to look up to see the source of their locally-grown organic vegetables. The Manhattan-based Bright Farms is building a 100,000-square foot greenhouse on the roof of a massive warehouse in Sunset Park.

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Schoolbook

Fred Rubino, a Popular Brooklyn Superintendent, Dies

Monday, April 02, 2012

Fortunato "Fred" Rubino, a popular former principal who was recently appointed the superintendent of District 14 in Brooklyn, died Monday morning.

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WNYC News

Coney Island's Operator Hopes 3rd Season is the Charm

Sunday, April 01, 2012

WNYC

A sure sign that spring is here is the sound of the of the Cyclone roller coaster rattling in Coney Island. The 2012 season officially begins on Sunday and will be operating on weekends until Memorial Day when the seaside amusement areas Luna Park and the Scream Zone open daily.

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Features

With Growing Studio, NYC Hopes to Steal the Scene from Hollywood

Monday, March 26, 2012

Studio executives in Hollywood just turned a shade greener. Or so Mayor Michael Bloomberg hopes. He and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn joined Steiner Studios chief Douglas Steiner and cast members from the HBO series Boardwalk Empire to cut the ribbon on five new soundstages at Steiner Studios.

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Schoolbook

Bayan Cadotte: Have Teachers Share the 'Wows and Wonders'

Monday, March 26, 2012

The principal of Public School 186 in Bensonhurst roams the halls of her large school constantly, giving feedback and cheering on students and teachers as they work hard to do well on test scores, but she says she wants them to have fun in school, too.

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Features

Reality TV Show ‘Brooklyn 11223’ Dismays Some Bay Ridge Residents

Monday, March 26, 2012

When some Bay Ridge residents heard about a new reality show being shot on their turf, they were excited that their oft-forgotten corner of Brooklyn might steal the spotlight from Brooklyn's trendier neighborhoods. That is, until they saw the trailer for "Brooklyn 11223," which debuts on the Oxygen network on Monday night. Watch it here.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Jennifer Koh

Friday, March 16, 2012

Classical violinist Jennifer Koh honors John Adams at the Brooklyn Library Central Branch as part of Carnegie Hall's American Mavericks series on Sunday. Download her version of Adams's "Road Movies: I. Relaxed Grooves."

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Soundcheck

Eroica, Remixed

Friday, March 09, 2012

Thumping beats, sweeping high-pitched melodies, and a dramatic climax – from this description, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (also known as the Eroica) sounds like it could be the next hot dance mix even before it's been remixed. Conductor Alan Pierson of the Brooklyn Philharmonic joins us to talk about the ensemble’s “Beethoven Remix Project” – and what it plans to do with five electronic remixes of the famous symphony.

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Schoolbook

A Parent Says: Enough of the Blame Game With Teachers

Thursday, March 01, 2012

The teacher data reports have been released. Now what? A parent at Public School 321 in Park Slope says that for starters, "we must stop these attacks on our teachers. It is no way to treat one another and it is no way to improve education.''

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WNYC News

Coney Island: Version 2.0

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

WNYC

As spring nears, Coney Island is preparing for another season. Luna Park, the amusement park at Coney Island, is looking to fill 100 more positions than last year at the park and in the concession stands.

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Transportation Nation

Brooklyn Bike Lane Lawsuit Rolls into 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Brooklyn's Prospect Park West bike lane (photo by Kate Hinds)

Opponents of a bike lane in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood are formally appealing a judge's decision to dismiss the group's lawsuit.

Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes/Seniors for Safety had sought removal of the mile-long protected bike lane, claiming the city had pitched it as temporary. But their argument was dismissed by a judge, who ruled in August 2011 that the group had “presented no evidence that D.O.T. viewed the bikeway as a pilot or temporary project.”

NBBL said in September it would appeal. And on February 10th, it filed a brief with the appellate division of the Kings County Supreme Court. (You can read the formal appeal document here.)

"We still want to have a full hearing on all the issues raised by the DOT’s failure to conduct a proper safety study and collusion with pro-lane advocates,” said Georgia Winston, an attorney for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, the firm representing NBBL.

Mark Muschenheim, the attorney who has argued the case for the New York City Law Department, said in an emailed statement: "We are confident that the trial court's decision in our favor will be upheld on appeal. The popular bike path continues to enhance the safety of all who use Prospect Park West."

The city has 30 days to respond by submitting its own brief, after which point the court may schedule an oral argument.

 

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Soundcheck

'Fess Up: What Do You Collect? And Why?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Our series on unusual music collections continues. We’ll open the phones to find out what YOU collect – and why. And local big-band maestro Vince Giordano tells us about his massive collection of sheet music and band arrangements – which he stores in a house conveniently located next to his Brooklyn home.

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Schoolbook

Giants Fans at Murrow High School Celebrated, But at School

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

At Edward R. Murrow High School, there were fewer absences on Tuesday than there were on Monday, despite the lure of the parade across the river in Lower Manhattan in celebration of the Giants' Super Bowl victory.

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Features

Live on Soundcheck: Escort

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Escort is a Brooklyn band with as many as 17 members who make 21st-century disco. Watch Escort play "A Bright New Life," an original tune on the group's new self-titled album, in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.

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